Sheriff Releases Plan to Bring Jail into State Compliance

Bexar County Sheriff says he has received the approval of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards for his plan to bring the county jail up to state standards, and he says that can be accomplished in as little as a few weeks," News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"We met with them last week," Sheriff Javier Salazar said. "They were actually ver happy to see our plan, they accepted it there on the spot. We weren't expecting that, we expected that they would kick it back with some changes, but they accepted it."

Last month, following a series of mistaken releases from the county jail, the Commission ruled the jail to be not in compliance, for the first time in a decade.

Salazar says the key is that most of the changes demanded from the county have to do with assigning sworn personnel to jobs which had been done by civilians, and relatively few physical adjustments or construction was demanded.

"They asked up about many of the questions that they had, and they were surprised to find out that the agency has been using civilians in those positions for over twenty years," he said.

Trained and sworn deputies will now preside over the intake and release of jail inmates. Other changes include paperwork and record-keeping.

A follow-up inspection will be scheduled by the Commission, and this time, the Sheriff expects the jail to get passing grades in all areas.

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